Month-long Haryana's ambitious Drug-Free Cyclothon Yatra enters final staCM flags off the Cyclothon from Yamunanagar to Karnal

Strictest action taken against those involved in the drug trade, CM

Chandigarh September 25- The ongoing Drug-Free Haryana Cyclothon Yatra which is in its final stage as it will be concluding in the Karnal today, is more than just a physical challenge but it's a testament to the Manohar Lal-led government’s unwavering commitment to a drug-free future. Since its launch on September 1, 2023, this Cyclothon combines community spirit, physical endurance, and a powerful message of hope.

Meanwhile, as the Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal today flagged off the Cyclothon Yatra from Agrasen Chowk Jagadhri in Yamunanagar district for Karnal, the cyclists pedal forward on the state’s remarkable journey demonstrating dedication to the well-being of its citizens and a brighter, drug-free future for all.

In a resolute effort to combat drug addiction and promote a healthier future for its citizens, this month-long event has undoubtedly marked the beginning of an inspiring campaign, spanning 22 districts across Haryana. It has now embarked on a groundbreaking journey combining physical endurance with a powerful message, aiming to create a world record while battling the scourge of drug abuse.

A Pledge Against Drugs

With unwavering determination, after flagging off the Cyclothon, the Chief Minister urged the crowd to take a pledge to steer clear of drug usage. He affirmed the government's uncompromising stance against drug traffickers and emphasized the critical need to dismantle the drug supply chain.

Recognizing the power of the younger generation, the Chief Minister stressed the importance of educating and motivating them to actively participate in nation-building, steering them away from the destructive path of addiction.

Sh. Manohar Lal said that this Cyclothon Yatra has garnered widespread support from various sectors of society. NGOs, educational institutions, religious organizations, and government departments have joined forces, illustrating the strength of community unity in combating drug abuse.

A World Record in the making

With over 1,15,000 participants, the Cyclothon Yatra aspires to set a world record for its commitment to a drug-free Haryana. Notably, some participants, including individuals in their sixties, have cycled nearly 2,000 kilometres, showcasing the unwavering spirit of the cause.

The Cyclothon Yatra's impressive route covers a distance of 1,978 kilometres, winding its way through various districts before culminating in Karnal. This journey is a physical and symbolic representation of the determination to create a drug-free Haryana.

Meanwhile, as the Cyclothon Yatra made its way to Twin City Yamunanagar from Karnal, it received an enthusiastic welcome. The city's vibrancy shone through with cultural presentations by students from various educational institutions, symbolizing the community's united front against drug abuse.

A Year-Long Campaign

This monumental campaign against drug addiction commenced on May 5, 2023 (the birthday of the Chief Minister), and will continue in various forms until May 5, 2024. It signifies a sustained commitment to transform the future of the state.

Government's Vigilance

The Chief Minister said that in its pursuit of breaking the drug supply chain, the government has taken stringent measures against drug traffickers. Additionally, the government is actively working to dismantle the illegal properties of those involved in the drug trade.

He further shared that about 4 months ago, seized drugs worth Rs 100 crore were destroyed in Haryana by burning them publicly. People who are badly addicted to drugs have to be treated in de-addiction centres and connected to the mainstream. To encourage citizens to participate in the battle against drug traffickers, a dedicated mobile number (90508-91508) has been established for reporting information. Confidentiality of the informant's identity is guaranteed, said Sh. Manohar Lal.

School Education and Forest Minister, Sh. Kanwar Pal, Mayor, Sh. Madan Chauhan, Special Officer, Community Policing and Outreach, Sh. Pankaj Nain, Deputy Commissioner, Sh. Manoj Kumar, SP, Sh. Mohit Handa and other officers, employees and dignitaries also remained present on this occasion.


Haryana Chief Minister Sh. Manohar Lal addressing the gathering at the closing ceremony of the state-level 'Drug Free Haryana Cyclothon’ in Karnal on September 25, 2023.

KARNAL,25.09.23- Haryana Chief Minister Sh. Manohar Lal pedaling a bicycle at the closing ceremony of the state-level ' Drug Free Haryana Cyclothon’ in Karnal on September 25, 2023.

Haryana Chief Minister Sh. Manohar Lal honoring 64-year-old cyclist Smt. Kamlesh Rana during the closing ceremony of the state-level 'Drug Free Haryana Cyclothon' in Karnal on September 25, 2023.


CM announces a comprehensive ban on serving 'hookah' to customers in commercial establishments throughout the state

Participating police personnel to get CC-I certificate from DGP, besides 5-day holiday

HSVP or builder providing housing facilities to individuals will gift a bicycle to the property owner along with the property

Chandigarh, Sept 25– Haryana Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, declared a comprehensive ban on serving 'hookah' to customers in hotels, restaurants, bars, and commercial establishments across the state. However, this prohibition will not apply to traditional hookahs used in rural areas.

The Chief Minster made these and other announcements while addressing the closing ceremony of the state-level 'Cyclothon' – cycle rally - as part of the drug de-addiction campaign in Karnal, the city of Danveer Karna today.

The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the police personnel who tirelessly pedaled for 25 days during the Cyclothon. In recognition of their dedication, he announced that all 250 participating personnel would receive a Class-1 commendation certificate from the DGP Haryana. Additionally, he declared a five-day holiday for these dedicated police personnel as a token of appreciation.

In a bid to promote cycling and encourage eco-friendly transportation, Shri Manohar Lal also announced that Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran and any licensed builder providing housing facilities to individuals will gift a bicycle to the property owner along with the property registry. In cases where the beneficiary already possesses a bicycle, HSVP or the builder will present Rs 3000 in lieu of the cycle.

He recounted that he had flagged off Cyclothon against drug abuse on September 1, 2023, and today, the cycle rally concludes where it commenced. He also expressed his gratitude to the participating youth and commended their efforts to combat drug addiction. Their dedication sets an inspiring example for the younger generation.

Sh Manohar Lal highlighting the esteemed presence of Gita Manishi Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj at the event, acknowledging the significance of spiritual leaders' support in the state's de-addiction efforts.

He said that Cyclothon, which has covered approximately 2000 kilometers during its journey, serving as a powerful platform to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of drug addiction. He emphasized that while the Cyclothon may have concluded, the battle against drug addiction is far from over, and public awareness efforts must continue for at least a year to completely eradicate this menace. He also reiterated the importance of collective action, stressing that the entire society needs to unite in the fight against drug addiction. The government remains committed to addressing this issue comprehensively, with a focus on prevention, rehabilitation, and strict enforcement measures.

The Chief Minister also highlighted the proactive measures taken by Haryana Police to combat illegal drug trafficking and sales, including the development of a mobile app called 'Prayas' to collect statewide data on drug victims and drug smugglers. In addition, a software named 'HAWK' has been introduced to create a centralized state database for monitoring criminal activities related to drug trade.

He highlighted the State Action Plan launched on May 5, which consists of three components: a public awareness campaign, de-addiction and rehabilitation efforts, and strict actions against drug traffickers. The state is also focused on channeling youth energy into constructive pursuits, with a particular emphasis on sports culture to promote mental and physical well-being, he added.

He said that state government has taken several measures to combat drug addiction, including the establishment of an Inter-State Drug Secretariat, the opening of drug de-addiction centers and the reinforcement of treatment and counseling facilities.

The Chief Minister appealed to citizens to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug addiction among addicts and to inform the police about sale, purchase and consumption of drugs by dialing 9050891508, assuring them of confidentiality.

Gita Manishi Swami Gyananand Ji Maharaj, MP Sh Sanjay Bhatia, MLAs Sh Ramkumar Kashyap, Sh Harvinder Kalyan, Sh Dharampal Gondhar and others were also present on this occasion.


Under the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister, Haryana's Healthcare System continues to flourish and transform

Threefold surge in MBBS seats in last 9 years, showcases Haryana’s remarkable journey towards health excellence

From a modest Rs 2,800 crore in 2014, the state’s health budget has surged to a whopping Rs 9,647 crore in 2024-25

Chandigarh, September 25- Under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, Haryana's healthcare landscape has undergone a monumental transformation. The tireless efforts and unwavering commitment of the government are poised to make the State a beacon of health and well-being for its citizens, setting a remarkable example for the nation.

With a threefold Surge in MBBS Seats, over the past nine years, Haryana has witnessed an astounding increase in MBBS seats. The state now offers 2185 seats, which in 2014 was merely 700. This monumental achievement means that more aspiring doctors have the opportunity to pursue their dreams of serving the community. Besides this, the PG seats have also increased from 289 to 851.

Not only this, the commitment to better healthcare is evident in the impressive growth of the health budget allocated by the present state government. From a modest Rs 2,800 crore in 2014, the state’s health budget has surged to a whopping Rs 9,647 crore in 2024-25. This boost in funding signifies the Manohar Lal-led government's dedication to enhancing healthcare infrastructure and services.

The proliferation of educational institutions is another key step taken by the present state government which has played a crucial role in realizing the Chief Minister’s vision for a healthier Haryana. With the establishment of nine new medical colleges a robust ecosystem for medical education and research has been created.

Five medical colleges and five nursing colleges on the cards

Meanwhile, Haryana is set to embark on a journey of even greater healthcare expansion with plans to establish five additional medical colleges and five nursing colleges. This initiative aims to cultivate a pool of skilled healthcare professionals. The medical colleges will be opened in district Bhiwani, village Haibatpur in district Jind, Gurugram, Koriyawas and Narnaul. While the government nursing colleges will open in districts Faridabad, Panchkula, Kaithal, Kurukshetra and Rewari.

Reopening of Gold Field Medical College

Apart from opening these new colleges, the government has also revitalized the Gold Field Medical College in Faridabad, dedicating it to the memory of the revered former Prime Minister, Late Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Meanwhile, in a bid to achieve excellence in medical education, the State Government is setting up Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Health Sciences University. The construction of this university in Kutail, Karnal, underscores the government’s commitment to excellence in medical education. The National Institute of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy is being established in Panchkula.

However, adopting a holistic approach, the government has also opened Sri Krishna Ayush University, nursing colleges, and physiotherapy colleges which are nurturing a comprehensive healthcare ecosystem that focuses on well-being at every level.

Specialized Healthcare Centres

A testament to Haryana's dedication to advanced medical care, the National Cancer Institute has been opened in Jhajjar. Besides this, the establishment of AIIMS in Majra, District Rewari also promises cutting-edge healthcare for the people of Haryana and the neighbouring states. Besides this, a Tertiary Cancer Care Center (TCCC) has been established in the Civil Hospital of Ambala Cantonment at a cost of Rs 72 crore on a Centre-State partnership basis. In this, all types of services are being provided to cancer patients.

Accessibility and Affordability

Taking a pivotal step to ensure accessible and affordable pharmaceutical services, the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra and Amrit Kendra have been thoughtfully opened in all government medical colleges.

Under the dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal, the present state government is unwaveringly dedicated to advancing medical education and elevating healthcare services. In a tireless pursuit of progress, the government is leaving no stone unturned to achieve these goals, bringing a transformative healthcare revolution to the people.


The Haryana Government has increased the number of postgraduate seats in various subjects in Government College, Faridabad for the academic session 2023-24.

Chandigarh, September 25 - The Haryana Government has increased the number of postgraduate seats in various subjects in Government College, Faridabad for the academic session 2023-24.

Divulging more information in this regard, the Higher Education Minister, Sh. Mool Chand Sharma said that the government, in view of the future of the students and emphasizing the importance of education, is offering courses in various subjects like M.A. (Economics), MA. (Geography), M.A. (Hindi), M.A. (Psychology), M.Sc. (Computer Science), M.Sc. (Mathematics), M.Sc. (Physics), and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science in Faridabad Government College.

The Minister said that the government has decided to increase five additional seats in each subject. With the increase in these seats, more students from nearby areas will be able to take admission in the college, he said.


Haryana Police Ramps Up Cybersecurity: Helpline Staff Doubled to Tackle Fraud

"Haryana Police's Proactive Measures on Helpline Save Rs 22.38 Crore from Cyber Fraud"

"Over 38,600 Complaints Registered on Cyber Helpline So Far"

Chandigarh, September 25: To prevent cyber crime in the state, the Union Home Ministry's helpline-1930 will now operate at twice the speed than before. Haryana Director General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur, said that the number of staff deployed on the cyber helpline number has been doubled to expedite the resolution of complaints received and enhance cybercrime prevention.

Mr. Kapur said that in recent times, along with technology, the number of cyber crimes has also increased. Cyber criminals are using new methods to cheat people online and make them victims of fraud. In such a situation, it is important that complaints related to cyber crime be resolved promptly. Apart from this, the number of awareness campaigns will soon be increased to give people information about cyber security so that people remain alert and do not share personal information related to bank accounts with anyone. He said that there is a plan to organize a meeting with bankers in this regard so that better coordination can be worked with them.

It is noteworthy that the office of helpline number 1930 being operated in 112-IRSS located in Sector-3 Panchkula was inspected by Haryana Director General of Police, Mr. Shatrujeet Kapur last week. During this, Mr. Kapur asked the duty staff posted here in detail about their working methodology. He asked the staff that when they receive a complaint related to cyber crime, what information is taken from the victim and what is the SOP, on which the staff present told him about their methodology.

Complaints received on the helpline number saved Rs 22.38 crore of the people of the state from fraud till August

During the inspection, it was told that from January to August, about Rs 22.38 crore of people in the state have been saved from being cheated through this helpline number. It was also informed that after receiving the complaint, necessary information is taken from the person like UPI ID, information about the number from which the call came, bank details and mode of payment i.e. UPI or bank transfer etc. After this the complaint ID of the person is created and it is sent to the nodal officer of the bank. On the basis of the complaint received by the nodal officer of the concerned bank, the account containing the transaction is frozen due to which the financial transaction stops there. Till now, more than 38 thousand 600 complaints have been registered on this helpline.

DGP Haryana Shri Shatrujeet Kapur says, "If you become a victim of cyber crime, people should immediately inform on helpline number 1930"

The Director General of Police said that to report cyber fraud related cases, going to the police station and filing an FIR in the traditional way and getting it investigated is a long process. In such a situation, the general public should give information regarding cyber fraud on cyber helpline number 1930 as soon as possible so that further transactions can be stopped. Apart from this, people can also lodge complaints on the cyber crime website -


Haryana conducts 'Drying Day' Awareness Drive, Serves Notices to 1629 Households for Mosquito Breeding

Chandigarh, Sept 25- Under the directives of Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Health Department, Dr. G Anupama, a special awareness campaign was conducted to designate this Sunday as 'Drying Day' in all districts. Approximately 1629 households were issued notices under the Municipal Bye-Laws (Control on VBDs)-2010 due to the presence of significant mosquito breeding.

Dr. Randeep Singh Poonia, Director General Health Services, explained that during the campaign, health teams conducted door-to-door visits to inspect potential mosquito breeding sources. These included desert coolers, overhead tanks, discarded plastic bags, disposable cups, bottles in garbage, items left on rooftops where water collects after rain, flower pots, fridge rear trays, bird baths, and tires, among others. The public was educated about the importance of checking these water containers and emptying them once a week, specifically every Sunday, to eliminate mosquito breeding sources from their homes. Public awareness efforts also emphasized adopting personal protection measures, such as wearing full-sleeved clothing, using bed-nets, and applying mosquito repellents and creams to prevent mosquito bites. Notices and fines were issued to property owners or occupants under the 'Municipal Bye-Laws (Control on VBDs)-2010' in cases of high mosquito breeding.

Dr. Randeep Singh Poonia highlighted that a total of 855 rallies, events, and group meetings were organized in all districts in collaboration with Municipal Corporations (MCs), Sarpanches, Panches, local leaders, and community influencers to raise awareness about dengue fever and how to identify larvae in water containers. Approximately 16,000 pamphlets were distributed during the campaign, and health teams visited around 1.26 lakh households, leading to the issuance of notices to 1629 households under the 'Municipal Bye-Laws (Control on VBDs)-2010' due to the presence of significant mosquito breeding.